Mental Health for Older People (8AOK090)

Mental Health for Older People (8AOK090)

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Teaching period ~ Semester 2
Type ~ Older

This unit introduces the mental health of older people.  This includes the key elements of ageing, and the changes experienced when old and very old and its impact on the personal ecology and the inter-relationship changes.

Positive ageing and the support of improved outcomes for the older person are also explored, and the key focus on work and professional practice and inter-professional collaboration.

This is a knowledge module and involves independent study and the completion of assessments which will involve undertaking 2 quizzes.

This unit starts from 02 August and finishes on 03 September 2021.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Examine key facts about mental health and wellness for the over 65 year age group in Australia, including those for Aboriginal peoples, considering changes to physical development, physiology, and cognition.


Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Mental health and ageing
Week 2 Personal ecology
Week 3 Impact of ageing
Week 4 Living at a very old age
Week 5 Challenges for the very old and mental health